Expander open cycle gas dynamic laser Patent #: 3984784
ApplicationNo. 05/769780 filed on 02/17/1977
US Classes:372/90, Gas dynamic372/35Liquid coolant
ExaminersPrimary: Sikes, William L.
Assistant: Rasco, Marcus S.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassesH01S 3/09 (20060101)
H01S 3/0953 (20060101)
Foreign Application Priority Data1976-02-28 DE
AbstractThe present method relates to exciting a gas dynamic CO2 laser, especially at high stagnation temperatures above 2500° K and at a combustion chamber pressure above 50 bar. A liquid fuel and a liquid oxidizer are injected into the combustion chamber at these operating parameters and the produced laser gas is caused to flow through a Laval nozzle into a resonator. The flow cross sectional area of the Laval nozzle adjacent to the resonator is at least 100 times larger than the flow cross sectional area adjacent to the nozzle neck facing the combustion chamber. The flow of the laser gas through this nozzle cools the gas to about 300° K, whereby an inversion state is produced. The laser for performing this type of operation has a combustion chamber connected through the above mentioned nozzle to a resonator which in turn is connected to a diffuser. A tank for liquid fuel and a tank for a liquid oxidizer are connected to the respective injection nozzles of the combustion chamber, whereby the respective conduits preferably extend through cooling jackets of the combustion chamber of the diffuser.